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Analysis and Conclusions

1- How do you think the membrane between segments helps the grasshopper in its movements?

2- How does the function of the stiff, leathery forewings differ from that of the more delicate hindwings?

3- Trace the path of food through the grasshopper's digestive tract.

4- To what system do the Malpighian tubules belong?

5- Why is the circulatory system of the grasshopper described as an open circulatory system?

6- Compared with invertebrates such as flatworms and earthworms, grasshoppers are highly responsive to environmental stimuli. What are some structural adaptations of the grasshopper that make this responsiveness possible?

Further Inquiry

1- Prepare an illustrated chart that compares and contrasts the characteristics of grasshoppers, beetles (order Coleoptera), and butterflies (order Lepidoptera). What trait of each kind of insect is reflected in the name of its order? Include other traits in your chart.

2- The fruit fly of the genus Drosophila is an insect that, unlike the grasshopper, undergoes complete metamorphosis. Research the life cycles of the grasshopper and the fruit fly, and make a chart that compares and contrasts their life cycles.

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